Q&A: What Cokesbury can do for you

Cokesbury_LogoCokesbury, the retail arm of United Methodist Publishing House, has announced a new way of working that will dedicate its Arkansas-based community resource consultant solely to the ministries of this Conference’s United Methodist pastors, lay leaders and congregations. The Cokesbury community resource consultant for Arkansas is Rachel Nicklas. She spoke recently with Arkansas United Methodist editor Amy Forbus to share more about how she can help local churches.

How did this new arrangement between Cokesbury and the Arkansas Conference come about?

The Little Rock area has had a Cokesbury community resource consultant for several years now. Having experienced loyal support from our Methodist community in Arkansas, we looked at how we could serve our United Methodist churches in a more deliberate way to enhance our connectedness. This new model, dedicating a community resource consultant to all the churches in the Conference, enables us to better understand and support the programs and initiatives of the Conference, districts and local churches in Arkansas. Bishop Mueller and the Conference staff have been supportive of this new model and we are excited to work together.

For those who may not know, what is the United Methodist Publishing House’s relationship to the church?

Rachel Nicklas

Rachel Nicklas

UMPH is the official publisher and provider of resources for the UMC. As a fully self-supporting non-profit agency of the UMC, we exist to provide teaching, preaching and learning resources for church leaders and Christian educators. We operate under the direction and control of a 38-member board that includes members from all five U.S. jurisdictions of the church. One of our board members is Todd Burris, who works for the Arkansas Conference. Cokesbury is the sales, distribution and customer service division of UMPH.

Besides being a source for books and curriculum, in what other ways does Cokesbury serve the church?

Cokesbury has long provided a wide range of products such as sanctuary furnishings, clergy and choir apparel, altarware, communionware, paraments, church signs, preschool and classroom furniture, chimes and handbells, just to name few. Cokesbury also offers Cokesbury Cares, a program that provides free and discounted supplies to churches that have experienced a catastrophe such as a fire or weather-related damage.

What do churches need to do to get connected with Cokesbury?

There are several ways to connect with Cokesbury: our website (www.cokesbury.com), our call center (800-672-1789) and now directly with me as your dedicated Cokesbury community resource consultant. I welcome your call at 501-553-8614, or email me at rnicklas@cokesbury.com. I look forward to partnering with all of our congregations.